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Vjeran Piršić, Eko Kvarner: The future of Croatian tourism lies in sustainable tourism where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment

first_imgWhen asked how and where he sees the future of Croatian tourism, Piršić answers: “The future of Croatian tourism definitely lies in sustainable tourism, where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment. But sustainable tourism alone is not enough. It is very important that we carry out the same tourism in a responsible way. That sustainable tourism does not work without responsible tourism can be best seen in the example of a Croatian eco-friendly resort that relied on renewable energy sources and environmental products in its business, but strictly forbade local events in its vicinity, which allowed tourists literally forced to spend within the resort”Says Pirsic.Piršić adds that he does not see the future in large resorts, but in changes in the current structure and change of roles in the tourism industry: “The ideal solution for sustainable and responsible tourism is private accommodation where tasteless apartments would turn into small hotels, renters become hosts and tourists guests. Through this type of accommodation, guests would be offered a bed and breakfast consisting of indigenous products, renewable energy sources would be used, and at the same time greater flexibility of hotel opening would be achieved throughout the year. “When asked if he thinks that Croatian tourism has the potential to offer its guests year-round facilities, Piršić answered with a dose of skepticism: “Private accommodation and small hotels are definitely the right way to expand the tourist season. However, a number of limiting factors should not be neglected, such as the climatic conditions in Kvarner, due to which our areas are abundant with rainfall from the beginning of November, then the beginning of the school year, which narrows the possibility of longer trips for many families. offer to guests”Concludes Piršić and adds that we are only 600 kilometers away from major centers such as Milan, Vienna and Munich, and sees weekend tourism as a realistic option on which to rest year-round tourism in our country.Source: Teklic.hr Encouraged by recent media reports, about the “cracking of tourism at the seams” in some tourist destinations, where mayors literally appeal to tourists to return in the fall or some other time of year due to congestion and large crowds, as well as their own experience where we are literally on the way to a resort stuck in a multi-hour, endless column of cars, and at the destination walking from terrace to terrace looking for a free chair, we decided to examine whether this kind of tourism has prospects for survival and what can be done in terms of long-term existence of Croatian tourism.Perhaps the answer to these questions lies in the following terms: responsible and sustainable tourism.A colleague from the Teklic.hr portal talked about this issue with a well-known Croatian ecologist, the president of the Eko Kvarner association, Vjeran Piršić, who points out large-scale tourism as a fundamental problem of Croatian tourism. “Today, large numbers of tourism are present in Croatia, which seems to be a likely path to ruin. There are two reasons for this – tourism in large numbers often leads to the devastation of destinations, and a picturesque example of this are Plitvice Lakes, where obviously all of us, due to congestion, this pearl turns from a national park into an ordinary park. The second reason is the “crowding” of tourist destinations, which in turn leads to a complete blockade of certain destinations at the peak of the season, as is the case in Dubrovnik burdened with cruising tourism or some smaller areas where the municipality of two thousand inhabitants the path to resource destruction, but also to demographic disruption, in the sense of facing a constant shortage of manpower”, Pirsic points out. Photo: Facebooklast_img read more

2018: Russia : South America’s crucial World Cup qualifying clashes

first_imgBy Paul SarahsWITH European qualification – playoffs aside – all but done, attention turns to South America where, with one match day remaining, there’s still plenty to sort out.Traditionally the toughest confederation to qualify from, with 90 minutes left to play, only Brazil have already confirmed their place at the World Cup next summer in Russia, with heavyweights Argentina, Chile and Colombia along with Paraguay and Peru still in the hunt for two automatic qualification spots and one playoff berth.Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela are the only sides already eliminated after 17 rounds of matches.Argentina’s issues have been well documented throughout the qualification process – they have failed to score in over 400 minutes and only Lionel Messi has found the net for La Albiceleste in almost a year, despite Jorge Sampaoli’s men having a raft of quality attacking players at his disposal – Dybala, Aguero, Higuain et al.The permutations are complex, as to be expected with so many still able to make it to Russia.The scenarios:Uruguay:Currently second in the table, two points ahead of Chile and Colombia, three up on Peru and Argentina. They would have to lose at home to Bolivia, Colombia to beat Peru, Chile to win in already-qualified Brazil and Argentina to win in Quito against Ecuador while overturning a goal difference of ten for Uruguay to drop into a playoff spot. See? Told you it was complicated.Argentina:There is a real risk Argentina will miss out on qualification altogether or have to contest a cross-continental playoff – or even make it through on the night. To do so Argentina need to win as well as Brazil to get a result against Chile at home and Peru drawing with Colombia or beating Los Cafeteros by a scoreline less than Argentina. The main issue for Argentina is ensuring they give themselves a chance of automatic qualification with a victory in Quito. Easier said than done, though – they’ve won just once in their last 6 visits to the rarified air of the Ecuadorian capital.Chile:Twice reigning South American champions Chile will qualify with a win in Brazil. A draw may be enough for La Roja if Colombia and Peru draw or Ecuador get a point or more against Argentina in Quito.Colombia:Qualification is relatively straightforward for Los Cafeteros. A win and they’re through but will still qualify if Chile lose to Brazil or Argentina fail to beat Ecuador, whatever their result in Lima against Peru.Peru:Los Incas will qualify with a win in Lima over Colombia. Peru will also qualify directly with a draw should Chile lose to Brazil by a scoreline of two or more. If Argentina fail to beat Ecuador and Paraguay don’t beat Venezuela, a draw will also be enough for Los Incas.Paraguay:Paraguay need to win and for Chile to lose in Sao Paulo to Brazil and for Ecuador to get at least a point against Argentina.With the permutations so complex and so much at stake for so many, the last round of qualifiers in South America promises to entertain as only South America can. We are in for an incredible night of CONMEBOL football, however it plays out. (Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

Messi hat-trick seals Barca’s 25th title

first_img“When you chase it for so long you say ‘finally’,” he told Spanish television.“I feel very happy because in the end the league is very long, it starts in August… and when spring arrives everything is decided, we have passed everything.“We’ve been pursuing it since the beginning, we have been in the lead, we’ve finished well, with a big margin… It’s the first La Liga that I’ve won.”The only blip on the Catalans’ season was the stunning Champions League quarter-final loss at Roma when they blew a 4-1 first-leg lead.“The elimination (by Roma) marked us a little bit because it was unexpected, but out trajectory has been extraordinary,” added Valverde.“There is always a small ‘but’, but we’ll try again next year.”Barca knew they just had to extend their record unbeaten streak to 41 La Liga matches to seal a seventh title in 10 seasons, and Philippe Coutinho fired them into an early lead.Messi’s 38th-minute volley made it two, but Lucas Perez pulled one back for Deportivo before half-time and Turkish winger Emre Colak stunned Barca with an equaliser midway through the second period.Barca finally saw off their stubborn hosts, though, as Messi pounced after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble.The Catalan giants now hold an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who have just three games to play, and are closing in on becoming the first Spanish side to go through a top-flight season without tasting defeat.“We have managed an almost perfect league campaign, without losing so far. I hope we can continue,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Andres Iniesta was surprisingly left on the bench after the midfield great announced earlier this week that he will leave the club at the end of the season.But it was his expected long-term successor Coutinho who broke the deadlock in the seventh minute, bending an exquisite finish into the top corner for his third La Liga goal for the club since signing from Liverpool in January.Deportivo had to win to stave off relegation for another week, but Clarence Seedorf’s men were denied an equaliser when Perez was flagged offside after tapping in from close range.Messi went close to doubling the advantage just before the half-hour mark, only for home goalkeeper Ruben to pull off an excellent one-handed save to turn his free-kick around the post.– Deportivo cause problems –Lionel Messi scored two late goals to end Deportivo’s resistance and wrap up the La Liga title © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPADeportivo were causing Barca plenty of problems at the back, though, and centre-back Fabian Schaer should have levelled as he headed over when unmarked inside the six-yard box.But Messi drilled a curling Suarez cross past Ruben at the keeper’s near post to score his 30th league goal of the campaign, before on-loan Arsenal striker Perez swept home to halve the deficit just two minutes later.Despite the close scoreline, Barca were playing as if the second half was a pure title party, with centre-back Gerard Pique even performing a few ‘keepie uppies’ on the left wing.Their complacency cost them in the 64th minute, as Celso Borges unselfishly squared for Colak to score.Suddenly the champions-elect were desperately trying to hang onto their unbeaten record, as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a smart stop from another Schaer header.But Barcelona showed their class as Suarez and Messi combined to terrific effect with eight minutes to play — the latter clipping the ball in off the post.Suarez again sent the Argentinian racing clear three minutes later, and the 30-year-old made no mistake to complete a hat-trick.The 33-year-old Iniesta came on to a standing ovation in the 87th minute as Barca closed out a successful title-winning campaign in style.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona won their 25th league title and seventh in 10 seasons © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Apr 30 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted that his side “finally” wrapped up a 25th La Liga title with four matches to spare, after a Lionel Messi hat-trick secured a thrilling 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.Valverde’s men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week’s Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.last_img read more